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Enhancing Resilience to Climate-Related Surprises in Coastal Cities

Thomas Wilbanks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Wednesday, June 18 @ 2:30pm

ABSTRACT

Coastal cities are threatened by a number of potentials for climate-related disruptive surprises in coming decades, many of which cannot be reliably projected by climate scenarios. Enhancing resilience to such surprises is complicated by the facts that some impacts will not be avoided, there will be limits to adaptation if climate change is severe, and transformational changes are likely to be needed for some cities. But there are a number of pathways toward greater resilience that are worth considering now, many of which offer other co-benefits for coastal cities as well.

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